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The 2013 Masters

THE FINAL ROUND

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CURTIS COMPTON

Scott edges Cabrera in stirring showdown

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So often, these Masters Sunday showdowns are a collision between glory and gore. We watch with one eye opened wide with amazement, the other half-shut to avoid the bloodletting.

And so the accounts are pressed into the Masters scrapbook with both winner and tragic foil sharing the page. Every Nicklaus must have a Norman, every Faldo a Hoch, every Schwartzel and McIlroy.

Opinion: Jeff Schultz

Scott enables Australia’s golfing spiritual cleansing

AUGUSTA — It took a generation. It took some remarkable shots from a remarkable competitor, in the rain and under darkened skies, as if the sport’s gods had to conference about this for a while, and ask themselves, “Have they suffered enough?”

The same pressure of a Masters Sunday that crushed one iconic golfer and left a country doubled-over, elevated another competitor and cleansed his homeland.

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No crying for Snedeker this time

Brandt Snedeker didn’t break down and sob like he did in 2008, when a final-round collapse left him in a tie for third at the Masters. This time it was his 2-year-old daughter Lily who did the crying.

“I guess we’re just tearful,” said the Nashville native and Vanderbilt graduate.

Snedeker had reason to be upset. He briefly was tied for the lead in the final round of the 77th Masters and was very much in contention when he made the turn.

Day proud of effort at Masters

Jason Day stood in the rain, ready to bolt to go watch his friend and fellow Australian Adam Scott defeat Angel Cabrera in a Masters playoff.

Less than an hour earlier, it appeared that it would be Day, not Scott, winning after he birdied Nos. 13, 14, 15 to reach 9 under. That stretch gave him a two-stroke lead and seemingly one arm in the coveted green jacket.


'Hard time' on greens

Q: What was the course like today?

A: I just thought the greens were so slow. Yesterday they were so quick and dried out and today they were so much slower. And that was before it even rained. Once it rained it got even slower. From the first eight holes I think I left every putt short. I had a hard time getting the speed and being committed to hitting the putts that hard when they were that fast yesterday afternoon. …

Schultz’s observations

1. Angel Cabrera, the anomaly: I know he didn’t win. But is there a more likeable and unlikely success story in golf? Cabrera is ranked No. 267 in the world. Yet, he nearly won his third major. His only two career victories have come at the Masters and U.S. Open. Cabrera has a flare for the dramatic on Masters’ Sunday and he nearly pulled this one out, twice having 15-foot would-be birdie putts come to a stop at the lip of the cup.

The 19th Hole

HOT SHOT

Luke Donald, No. 16, birdie: The former world No. 1 player finished in a tie for 25th after a routine 72. He did finish strong with a back-nine 34 that included a blast out of the bunker that went long of the hole and then trickled back down the slope and into the hole.

He admitted afterward that he has some doubts about winning on the Augusta National course because of its length, but unlike Sergio Garcia whose self-doubt is super-sized, Donald says he thinks he still has the game to do it.


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